American Honda Motor Co. said Thursday it is recalling about 350,000 Civic coupes and sedans in the United States to fix a defect affecting the vehicles’ electronic parking brake that could allow them to roll away.
The recall affects two-door and four-door 1.5L turbo and 2.0L Civic vehicles from the 2016 model year. Honda said the electronic parking brake may not work when it is applied immediately after turning the ignition off. If the brake isn’t applied, the brake warning light in the instrument panel will blink for 15 seconds to alert the driver.
According to Honda, the glitch lies in the software controlling the Vehicle Stability Assist Electronic Control Unit. The problem will not occur if the parking brake is applied before the ignition is turned off.
If the electronic parking brake does not set and the driver does not select a parking gear, the vehicle can roll away, increasing the risk of a crash or other accident.
Honda said that it had not received any reports of crashes or injuries related to the defect, which it discovered through warranty claims associated with the illumination of the brake light.
The automaker will notify owners of cars affected by the recall by mail starting sometime in November. Motorists are advised to take their car in for a repair as soon as they receive the recall notification. The repair will involve a software update free of charge.
Anyone who is uncertain whether their car is affected by this recall can find more information at www.recalls.honda.com or by calling 888-234-2138.
Source: Honda America